JOHNSTOWN – City Hall is set to reopen to the general public on June 14, after having stayed closed for 14 months since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The city officially announced via a Facebook message on Monday that City Hall will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting June 14. Mayor Vern Jackson had told the Common Council on May 17 that he hoped to reopen City Hall in June, pending more information from state officials.
Johnstown has kept its City Hall closed much longer than most of the government office buildings in the Capital Region, in part because a 2017 remodeling of the first floor of City Hall eliminated floor space, making social distancing difficult in the narrow hallways available for foot traffic.
On May 17 Jackson said the city will maintain some of its pandemic-era methods of accessing city services even after the building reopens.
“I’m still going to encourage the public to use our dropbox, lockbox out front. It’s been working really, really well,” Jackson said. “Everything is out there. Also, if you are obtaining a marriage license, you must make an appointment with the city.”